2014 McDonald's All-American Boys Game

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2014 McDonald's All-American Boys Game
Jahlil Okafor (black uniform) and Justin Jackson (red uniform) being honored as co-MVPs
1st Half 2nd Half Total
East 51 51 102
West 50 55 105
Date April 2, 2014 9:30 PM ET
Arena United Center
City Chicago, Illinois
MVP/MOP Jahlil Okafor/Justin Jackson
Officials Kenneth Moreland, Bryce Cann, Mark Maslona
Halftime show DJ Artistic
Attendance 17,116[1]
Network ESPN
Announcers Jalen Rose, Jay Williams, Carter Blackburn & Quint Kessenich
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The 2014 McDonald's All-American Boys Game is an All-star basketball game that was played on April 2, 2014 at the United Center in Chicago, home of the Chicago Bulls. It was the 37th annual McDonald's All-American Game for high school boys. The game's rosters featured the best and most highly recruited blue chip boys high school basketball players graduating in 2014. Chicago, which became the first city to host the game in back-to-back years in 2012,[2] will continue to host the game annually at least until 2015.[3] The rosters for the game were announced at 6:00 PM ET on January 29 on ESPNU.[4] At the time of the announcement 22 of the 24 players had committed to Division I basketball programs.[5] Duke and Kentucky led the field with four commits each.[6] One of the game's major storylines was that local big men Jahlil Okafor (McDonald's Morgan Wootten Player of the Year) and Cliff Alexander (Naismith Player of the Year) opposed each other.[7]

Rosters[edit]

The 2014–15 Duke Blue Devils (Tyus Jones, Justise Winslow, Okafor, and Grayson Allen) and 2014–15 Kentucky Wildcats (Karl Towns, Trey Lyles, Tyler Ulis, and Devin Booker) shared the lead among committed players at the time of the original roster announcement on January 29.[5] Three hometown players (Okafor, Alexander and Tyler Ulis) were selected for the game. Texas led the way with five natives (Myles Turner, Emmanuel Mudiay, Justin Jackson, Justise Winslow, and Kelly Oubre).[5][6] Rashad Vaughn committed to UNLV on February 11, but Turner remained uncommitted at the time of the game.[8] He committed to Texas 4 weeks after the game on April 30.[9]

8 days before the game, Okafor was recognized as the Morgan Wootten Player of the Year.[10] 2 days before the game, Grayson Allen won the slam dunk contest, James Blackmon, Jr. won the three-point contest and Tyus Jones won the skills competition.[11]

Justin Jackson won the Jack Daly Award for sportsmanship
Jahlil Okafor made this dunk to give the west a 103–102 lead with less than 40 seconds left in this 105–102 victory.

East Roster[edit]

West Roster[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Frank Allocco (West Head Coach) Brian Sullivan (West Assistant Coach) Mark Noack (West Assistant Coach)

Lou Wilson (East Head Coach) Dale DeBerry (East Assistant Coach) Hank Lloyd (East Assistant Coach)

Results[edit]

The West defeated the East by a 105–102 score.[1] Okafor and Justin Jackson earned co-MVP of the game after posting 17 points and 7 rebounds and 23 points and 5 rebounds, for their respective West and East teams.[12][13]

April 2, 2014
08:30
East 102–105 West
Scoring by half: 51–50, 51–55
Pts: Justin Jackson 23
Rebs: Cliff Alexander/Kevon Looney 11
Asts: Tyus Jones 10
Pts: Jahlil Okafor 17
Rebs: Trey Lyles 8
Asts: Emmanuel Mudiay 6
United Center, Chicago, IL
Referees: Kenneth Moreland, Bryce Cann, Mark Maslona

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Official Basketball Box Score -- Game Totals -- Final Statistics" (PDF). McDonald's All-American. 2014-04-02. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  2. ^ "Chicago to Host McDonald’s All-American Again in 2012". SLAM Magazine. 2012-10-24. Retrieved 2013-02-14. 
  3. ^ Jordan, Jason (2012-10-24). "McDonald's All American Games to stay in Chicago". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-02-14. 
  4. ^ "McDonald's Announces Player Nominations, Ticket Sales For 2014 McDonald's All American Games: Tickets available January 11; Final Team rosters unveiled January 29". MarketWatch. PR Newswire. 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  5. ^ a b c Borzello, Jeff (2013-01-29). "Players announced for McDonald's All-American Game". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  6. ^ a b "Final Rosters Unveiled For The 2014 McDonald's All American Games: 48 Players Join the Ranks of Basketball's Elite with Selection to 2014 Team". PR Newswire. 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  7. ^ Finkelstein, Adam (2013-01-30). "Jahlil Okafor tops McDonald's West". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-02-17. 
  8. ^ Rankin, Reggie (2014-02-11). "Rashad Vaughn commits to UNLV". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  9. ^ Biancardi, Paul (2014-04-30). "Myles Turner chooses Texas". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  10. ^ Helfgot, Mike (2014-03-25). "Young's Okafor named national player of year". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  11. ^ Helfgot, Mike (2014-03-31). "Alexander on Kansas: 'I wouldn't mind staying two years'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  12. ^ Johnson, Raphielle (2014-04-03). "Jahlil Okafor, West team outlast East in McDonald’s All-America Game". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  13. ^ "Co-MVP Jahlil Okafor leads West". ESPN. Associated Press. 2014-04-03. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 

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